Forge Mill Needle Museum, Bordesley Abbey Visitor Centre, Redditch, Worcestershire

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Forge Mill Needle Museum, Bordesley Abbey Visitor Centre
EVENTS
Sat 8 July 2017: 8.45pm
BAT WALK

Come and find out more about bats with Worcestershire Bat Group and look for these amazing creatures in their natural environment using bat detectors.

Booking in advance is essential. Please contact the museum to reserve your place(s).

ADULTS £5.00, CHILDREN £2.00

Bat Walk at Forge Mill
Sat 15 and Sun 16 July 2017: 11.00am to 4.00pm
NATIONAL ARCHAEOLOGY WEEKEND: A CELEBRATION OF BORDESLEY ABBEY

Two days of fun archaeology themed activities for all the family!

- Medieval Knight's encampment
- Weaponry demonstrations
- Medieval music and have-a-go instruments
- Tours of Bordesley Abbey at 12.00 noon each day
- 'Big Dig' in the museum's sandpit
- Make a Bordesley tile
- St George and the Dragon Puppet Show (Sunday only)

ADULTS £2.00, CHILDREN FREE
Includes entry into the museum

National Archaeology Weekend at Forge Mill
Tue 25 July 2017
CONDENSED HISTORIES: PIRATES

Set sail with Greg Chapman in his swashbuckling Pirates show!

Tales from Blackbeard to Captain Kidd, a world of 'Treasure Islands' and lost treasure, of sword fights and scoundrels - all wrapped up with Greg's usual display of knife, axe and fire juggling, escapology, comedy and more.

Read more on the Condensed Histories website (external link)

FREE
In the grounds of the museum

Condensed Histories Show
Sat 29 and Sun 30 July 2017:11.00am to 4.00pm
PIRATES' WEEKEND

Lots of swashbuckling activities to celebrate our special Pirates! Fact or Fiction exhibition.

- Meet the River Rogues, Pirate Crew
- Treasure Hunt
- Sea shanties performed live
- Knot and sailors' ropework demonstrations from expert, Des Pawson
- Pirate Puppet Show
- Bouncy Castle

Read more about the exhibition

ADULTS £4.00, CHILDREN £1.00
Includes entry into the museum

Pirates' Weekend at Forge Mill
Tue 1 Aug 2017: 9.30am, 11.00am, 1.30pm, 3.00pm
Summer Children's Workshops
SHIPWRECKS AND TREASURE: MAD SCIENCE WORKSHOPS

Ahoy there! Fun experiments with the Mad Science team. Water fun, colour changing metals, treasure pennies, shipwrecked boats and more!

Each workshop runs for approximately one hour.

CHILDREN £5.00

Mon 7 August 2017: 9.30am, 11.30am, 2.00pm
PIRATE LEGO WORKSHOPS

Come and enjoy Pirate fun with the 'Create, Build, Learn' team.

Each workshop runs for approximately ninety minutes.

Booking in advance is essential. Please contact the museum to reserve your place(s).

CHILDREN £5.00

Tue 8 August 2017
CONDENSED HISTORIES: PIRATES

Set sail with Greg Chapman in his swashbuckling Pirates show!

Tales from Blackbeard to Captain Kidd, a world of 'Treasure Islands' and lost treasure, of sword fights and scoundrels - all wrapped up with Greg's usual display of knife, axe and fire juggling, escapology, comedy and more.

Read more on the Condensed Histories website (external link)

FREE
In the grounds of the museum

Condensed Histories Show
Wed 9 Aug 2017: 9.30am, 11.00am, 1.30pm, 3.00pm
Summer Children's Workshops
SHIPWRECKS AND TREASURE: MAD SCIENCE WORKSHOPS

Ahoy there! Fun experiments with the Mad Science team. Water fun, colour changing metals, treasure pennies, shipwrecked boats and more!

Each workshop runs for approximately one hour.

CHILDREN £5.00

Thu 10 August 2017: 11.00am to 4.00pm
PIRATE GRUB

Come along and join in making ships biscuits and butter. Find out what pirates would have eaten.

MUSEUM ENTRY APPLIES

Sat 12 and Sun 13 August 2017: 11.00am to 4.00pm
WHEELWRIGHT DISPLAY

A display of tiny, detailed models by the Guild of Model Wheelwrights set in the beautiful grounds of Forge Mill Museum.

Guild members construct and exhibit precision scale models of a wide variety of horse drawn vehicles and farm implements. Often included are models which have won major awards in national exhibitions.

FREE
In the grounds of the museum. Optional museum entry at normal rates

Model Wheelwright Display at Forge Mill
Mon 14 August 2017: 9.30am, 11.30am, 2.00pm
PIRATE LEGO WORKSHOPS

Come and enjoy Pirate fun with the 'Create, Build, Learn' team.

Each workshop runs for approximately ninety minutes.

Booking in advance is essential. Please contact the museum to reserve your place(s).

CHILDREN £5.00

Tue 15 August 2017
CONDENSED HISTORIES: PIRATES

Set sail with Greg Chapman in his swashbuckling Pirates show!

Tales from Blackbeard to Captain Kidd, a world of 'Treasure Islands' and lost treasure, of sword fights and scoundrels - all wrapped up with Greg's usual display of knife, axe and fire juggling, escapology, comedy and more.

Read more on the Condensed Histories website (external link)

FREE
In the grounds of the museum

Condensed Histories Show
Thu 17 August 2017: 11.00am to 4.00pm
PIRATE GRUB

Come along and join in making ships biscuits and butter. Find out what pirates would have eaten.

MUSEUM ENTRY APPLIES

Mon 21 August 2017: 9.30am, 11.30am, 2.00pm
PIRATE LEGO WORKSHOPS

Come and enjoy Pirate fun with the 'Create, Build, Learn' team.

Each workshop runs for approximately ninety minutes.

Booking in advance is essential. Please contact the museum to reserve your place(s).

CHILDREN £5.00

Tue 22 August 2017
CONDENSED HISTORIES: PIRATES

Set sail with Greg Chapman in his swashbuckling Pirates show!

Tales from Blackbeard to Captain Kidd, a world of 'Treasure Islands' and lost treasure, of sword fights and scoundrels - all wrapped up with Greg's usual display of knife, axe and fire juggling, escapology, comedy and more.

Read more on the Condensed Histories website (external link)

FREE
In the grounds of the museum

Condensed Histories Show
Wed 23 and Thu 24 August 2017: 11.00am to 3.00pm
SCARECROW BUILDING WORKSHOPS

Bring some old clothes and drop in to our fun scarecrow making activity. Make a scarecrow to enter into our competition to be judged on Scarecrow Day.

No booking required.

£3.00 FOR MATERIALS

Thu 24 August 2017: 11.30am, 1.30pm, 3.30pm
THE YO HO HO FUN PIRATE AND PUPPET SHOW

Have fun with Captain Cutlass and his crew aboard the 'Happy Harry' as they search for the Mermaid’s Pearl.

A thirty minute show that will thrill and entertain all young pirates!

MUSEUM ENTRY APPLIES

Sun 27 August 2017: 11.00am to 4.30pm
SCARECROW DAY

Family fun day with a whole host of scarecrow characters.

ADULTS £2.00, CHILDREN £1.00

Scarecrow Day at Forge Mill
Mon 28 August 2017: 9.30am, 11.30am, 2.00pm
PIRATE LEGO WORKSHOPS

Come and enjoy Pirate fun with the 'Create, Build, Learn' team.

Each workshop runs for approximately ninety minutes.

Booking in advance is essential. Please contact the museum to reserve your place(s).

CHILDREN £5.00

Tue 29 August 2017
CONDENSED HISTORIES: PIRATES

Set sail with Greg Chapman in his swashbuckling Pirates show!

Tales from Blackbeard to Captain Kidd, a world of 'Treasure Islands' and lost treasure, of sword fights and scoundrels - all wrapped up with Greg's usual display of knife, axe and fire juggling, escapology, comedy and more.

Read more on the Condensed Histories website (external link)

FREE
In the grounds of the museum

Condensed Histories Show
Sat 2 September 2017: 4.15 for 5.00pm
Alice Through the Looking Glass - Outdoor Theatre
ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS: OUTDOOR THEATRE

Quantum Theatre brings its lively brand of comedy, music and magic to Lewis Carroll's timeless classic.

Michael Whitmore's enchanting new adaptation charts this fantastical, fabulous and whimsical world, in a theatrical feast for all the family.

Gates open at 4.15pm for picnics. Performance starts at 5.00pm.

Please bring your own blankets and seats for the show.

Tickets can be purchased in advance by contacting the museum.

Read associated flyer (pdf)

ADULTS £9.00, CHILDREN £4.50

Sun 10 September 2017: 11.00am to 4.00pm
Heritage Open Day at Forge Mill
HERITAGE OPEN DAY

A day to celebrate our local heritage.

- Tours of Forge Mill Museum
- Tours of Bordesley Abbey site
- Model boats
- Royal Enfield bikes

FREE
Includes entry into the museum

Sat 2 and Sun 3 Dec 2017: 11.00am to 4.00pm
VICTORIAN CHRISTMAS CRAFT FAIR

Step back in time and join us to celebrate a traditional Christmas. Victorian entertainment will provide the festive atmosphere whilst you browse amongst a variety of food and craft stalls to choose unique Christmas gifts.

There will also be the opportunity to visit Father Christmas in his grotto as well as take part in some children's creative crafts.

- A variety of craft stalls providing unique Christmas gifts
- Victorian demonstrations
- Traditional carols and music
- Visit Father Christmas in his grotto

A truly traditional Christmas event for all ages!

ADULTS £1.00, CHILDREN FREE

Victorian Christmas Fair at Forge Mill
MORE INFO

Forge Mill Needle Museum and Bordesley Abbey Visitor Centre holds many different events throughout the year.

These can link in with National Days or initiatives, seasonal themes or temporary exhibitions that are on display at the museum.

In 2017 the events programme is as exciting as ever and includes all sorts of events: Medieval Festivals, Farm Fun Days, workshops, displays, and many more.

With such a variety of events there is something for everybody!

Special Event Archive:
Stone Carving Workshop 2015Event at Forge Mill Needle Museum

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Stone Carving Workshop 2015

Special Event Archive:
Medieval Festival 2011Event at Forge Mill Needle Museum

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Medieval Festival 2011

Special Event Archive:
Medieval Festival 2008Event at Forge Mill Needle Museum

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Medieval Festival 2008